International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated across the globe each year on March 8th to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women - past, present and future. Thousands of events are held all over the world that aim to inspire women and celebrate their many achievements.
The idea of having a worldwide celebration for women began at the beginning of this century in America and Europe and was motivated by a desire to put women and women’s rights to equality on the global agenda. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has become an official holiday for over 25 countries including Afghanistan, China, Russia, and Uganda.
How is your workplace celebrating International Women's Day?
International Women’s Day is an opportunity for companies to celebrate the talented and inspirational women in their workplace. It also serves as a reminder that there is still much to be done to support the cause of women in our communities.
Here are some examples of what some companies have done in the past to celebrate IWD:
What are some ways you can celebrate IWD in your workplace? Here are some ideas:
In honour of International Women's Day, we want to hear from you about what your company does to mark the event and/or what impact women have made on your organization. Submit your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our Facebook page! This month's prize is a $25 gift certificate to Chapters. A winner will be chosen at random from all the responses and announced in our next newsletter.
The women of Clear Path
Here at Clear Path, International Women’s Day is something to be celebrated as our company was founded by a woman and is also largely staffed by women. We are proud to be celebrating our 10th year in business in 2013.
With over 100 combined years of experience in Human Resources and Occupational Health, our team is dedicated to providing customized and cost-effective services to meet all of your HR, Disability Management, and Safety needs. We encourage you to learn more about each of our team members here.
International Women's Day and Bill 168
This year, the United Nations theme for International Women’s Day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The International Labour Organization (ILO) added to this statement saying, “Stop violence against women at work.”
Though not limited only to women, Ontario's workplace violence and harassment legislation (Bill 168) aims to reduce the likelihood of violence against all workers. One of its requirements is that employers take steps to reduce the likelihood of domestic violence in the workplace. One of the landmark cases that inspired the legislation was the tragic murder of nurse Lori Dupont in a Windsor hospital by a former boyfriend (a doctor at the hospital).
If you are struggling in the process of becoming compliant with Bill 168, Clear Path has many resources available to you including risk assessment, policy development, and employee training. Click here for more information.
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